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      Fire destroys Manistique home

      Two Manistique residents are without a home as fire destroyed the house they were renting.

      At 2:15 am Thursday morning the Manistique Public Safety and Volunteer Fire Department were called to a home at 115 North Fourth Street in Manistique.

      When firefighters arrived they found the home owned by Karen McDonald of Manistique totally engulfed in flames. They quickly determined no one was in the building at the time.

      The fire was burning so hot bit of the siding we "exploding" off the home and landing in the road, said officials.

      Firefighter were hampered in their efforts by a metal roof that collapsed trapping a heavy fire load underneath. Firefighters remained on the scene until 6:15 Thursday morning putting out several hot spots in the wood framed house.

      The home was being rented by Timothy Hutchins and Tabitha Stephenson who were not home when the fire broke out. Officials said they were in the process of moving to a new location.

      The entire home and all its contents were a total loss.

      There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians.

      Although no one was injured this time, safety officials said late night fires are especially dangerous because people are typically sleeping inside.

      â??I encourage the public again, Iâ??ve said it before, get fire detectors, smoke detectors, get them in your home," said Public safety director, Ken Golat. "The luck here is that as it was a late night fire, no one was home, nobody got hurt, and whatâ??s always the best scenario.â??

      The Manistique Firefighters received assistance at the scene from the Schoolcraft County Chapter of the Red Cross.

      The cause of fire remains under investigation by Manistique Public Safety.